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Sony ESPN is an Indian pay television sports channel which is a joint venture between ESPN, Inc. (majorly owned by The Walt Disney Company) and Sony Pictures Networks India. The channel targets the Indian subcontinent including India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

Sony ESPN
Sony ESPN.svg
Launched8 April 2015; 4 years ago (2015-04-08) (as Sony KIX)
16 January 2016; 3 years ago (2016-01-16) (as Sony ESPN)
Owned byESPN Inc. (50%)
Sony Pictures Networks India Pvt Ltd (50%)
CountryIndia
LanguageMalayalam
Bengali
Kannada
English
Hindi
Tamil
Marathi
Broadcast areaIndia
HeadquartersMumbai, Maharashtra
Formerly calledSony Kix (until 17 January 2016)
Sister channel(s)
Availability
Terrestrial
TV Lanka Digital TVChannel 36 (HD)
Satellite
Dish TVChannel 621 (SD)
Channel 87 (HD)
TATA SkyChannel 486 (SD)
Channel 485 (HD)
Airtel digital tvChannel 296 (SD)
Channel 297 (HD)
Sun DirectChannel 516 (SD)
Channel 970 (HD)
Videocon D2HChannel 425 (SD)
Channel 926 (HD)
Dish Home (Nepal) Channel 605 (SD)
Channel 945 (HD)
Reliance Digital TV512 (SD)
Dialog TVChannel 77 (SD)
Dish TV Sri LankaChannel 2646 (SD)
Cable
Asianet Digital TVChannel 301 (SD)
Channel 807 (HD)
Siti CableChannel 481 (SD)
IPTV
PEO TVChannel 36 (SD)

Launched as Sony Kix on 8 April 2015 (the day when 2015 Indian Premier League began) by what is now Sony Pictures Networks India, it was the second sports television channel launched by the company after Sony Six. The channel was rebranded as Sony ESPN on 17 January 2016. The partnership with ESPN was made official in October 2015.[1] Sony and ESPN would partner together on website and app efforts, with ESPN providing and producing content such as cricket, football, tennis, NBA basketball, badminton, field hockey, golf, rugby union, Formula E along with other events.[2][3]

Sony ESPN have broadcast IPL matches during 2016-2017 in Bengali, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and English-language commentary.[4][5][6]

Sony ESPN broadcast the NFL season 2016-17 with programs such as Sunday Night Football, Monday Night Football, Thursday Night Football, NFL Playoffs, Pro Bowl, and the Super Bowl.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "ESPN to make comeback on Indian TV; partners with MSM". Daily News and Analysis. 7 October 2015. Retrieved 7 October 2015.
  2. ^ "MSM India and ESPN to create co-branded content Platforms in Indian subcontinent". Business Standard. 7 October 2015. Retrieved 7 October 2015.
  3. ^ "MSM to launch new channels, website on sports". Live Mint. 7 October 2015. Retrieved 7 October 2015.
  4. ^ "Multi Screen Media to launch Sony Kix to air IPL season 8". The Economic Times. 1 April 2015. Retrieved 2 April 2015.
  5. ^ "MSM to launch new sports channel, Sony Kix". 2 April 2015. Retrieved 2 April 2015.
  6. ^ IPL set to dish out feeds in Telugu, Tamil, Bengali too - Deccan Chronicle